Review: Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Aug •  20 •  2013

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Review: Between The Devil and the Deep Blue SeaBetween The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Published by Dial on August 15th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Gothic/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Excited to dive into different tale full of mystery, Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea is a highly contagious story.

Plot: Like most thrillers, this story began in an old mansion full of secrets in the walls.  Whispering tales of mad man, a ghost and the devil who has come to steal every joy away. Immediately, within the first few chapters, I was taken away by it.  The duo of brother and sister, living alone in a small town, wrecks havoc in my mind. Every chapter, brings forth more enchanting secrets, lost letters and new mysterious characters who is hiding more than what the reader sees.

Characters: Both Violet and her brother Luke live alone to to absentee parents who are off  finding their dreams. Violet is a character who you think you know, but don’t underestimate her. She is far more clever than she leads on. She is quite so she sees more…hears more. While Luke is the know it all brother, who think things go his way all the time. And of course the new characters really brings a whole new element to the story.

The Devil: Most people think of the devil as red, two horned ugly person.When indeed he is just like everyone else. Violet knows this. She shes him, knows him. She begins to play this dangerous game when soon enough, they all get burned.

This is classic, well-structured story that can take any reader away.  It captures large amounts of mayhem  that is effective in drawing in the reader. Disturbing yet captivating, Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea is groundbreaking.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Sounds great. I haven’t heard a lot about this. I’m particularly intrigued by your description of the devil.

    • Savannah
      Aug 20, 2013

      I always thought the devil isn’t what we think. he is right underneath our nose…

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Aug 20, 2013

    Loved this book!! Glad you enjoyed it too — thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Jenny
    Aug 20, 2013

    WOO HOO! I loved this one so much Savy! It was just so dark and atmospheric and fascinating. I loved hating the things River was capable of while being drawn to him at the same time. It was just creepy and awesome. Can it be time for book 2?

    • Savannah
      Aug 20, 2013

      YES! I soooo want book #2!!

  4. Wow, sounds really cool. I’m interested in River. “Disturbing yet captivating” is exactly what I’m looking for. Looking forward to reading it!

    • Savannah
      Aug 20, 2013

      River is definitely a character you will NOT forget.

  5. Candace
    Aug 20, 2013

    I really loved this book, so beautiful but so haunting and terrifying. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  6. Savannah
    Aug 20, 2013

    Thanks Candace. I looking forward to reading book #2!!

  7. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Aug 20, 2013

    I am reading this right now and it is so spooky!!!

  8. This sounds perfect for me. I really do need to get it.

  9. I want to read this one so badly! I love the title, summary, and I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Sounds awesome!